The Listening Crowd Conference

The Listening Crowd is a conference examining why we listen, who is listening and how audiences are engaging across genres and around the world. The conference is for anyone who is immersed in music: as an audience member, composer/creator, performer, programmer, promoter, broadcaster, and those who connect through music. 

Featuring a host of international and national speakers and panelists, The Listening Crowd aims to stimulate discussion and debate around the relationship between new music and audiences.  

Speakers and panelists will include

  • Kevin Volans, Composer (Ireland) - keynote address
  • Heather Maitland, Arts Consultant (UK)
  • David Pay, Artistic Director, Music on Main (Vancouver, Canada)
  • Jennifer Walshe, Composer (Ireland)
  • Lucy Railton, Curator, London Contemporary Music Festival (UK/Berlin)
  • Bernard Clarke, Broadcaster, RTÉ lyric fm (Ireland)
The conference takes place as part of the International Association of Music Information Centres' (IAMIC) annual meeting and conference, which the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) is hosting as part of the Centre’s thirty year celebrations in 2016. IAMIC is a global network of organisations working to promote and document the music of our time, and as the Irish member of this network CMC is delighted to welcome its international colleagues in music to Galway.
Join CMC and our international colleagues from IAMIC in NUIG Galway on 13 June from 11am, for discussion and debate, followed by a live Music Trail on the NUIG campus featuring works by Ed Bennett, Deirdre McKay, Dave Flynn and Jane O’Leary - more information here.  

Booking information

Delegate fee (includes hot lunch): €50; students/OAPs €40. Early bird discount €40 up to 13 May.  

Book here

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The Contemporary Music Centre acknowledges the support of The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, NUI Galway, Galway City Council, the Galway Music Residency, Creative Europe Desk Ireland, RTÉ lyric fm, IMRO and Fáilte Ireland in making this conference possible.